Website Update (11/10/2003)
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My next project is now well underway. If you
thought the Nike was something to see, then you'll really be excited to
see the next project.
- A 1/3 scale model of the Nike Hercules Missile.
- 2 Stage Cluster Rocket with 4 M1315s in the booster, staging to an N2000. There will also be four H73 outboards in the sustainer.
- Overall length of the rocket will be 173" (14.4 feet)
- Sustainer diameter of 11.66 inches, Booster 13.2"
- Three Altimeter: two in the sustainer, one in the booster.
- Three Timers: Two for sustainer ignition, one for outboard ignition.
- R/C Chicken Switch in Sustainer
- Named "The Beast", click HERE for details
- 4 tubes of 6.0" PML tube
- 75 mm Motor mounts (one per tube)
- Fin material 1/2" Birch plywood, with foam lay-ups, and then covered in fiberglass
- All motors nozzles will be tilted outward to point the thrust vector at the C/G of the rocket
- Length 120" (10 feet)
- Diameter 11.66" (PML 11.41" tubing)
- 98 mm Motor mount
- Four 38 mm outboards
- Fin material 5/16" flywood core, with foam lay-ups, and then covered in fiberglass
- Booster Recovery: A single 15' chute
- Sustainer Recovery: A 15' drogue and a 26' main chute.
- The drogue will be deployed at apogee, slowing the descent speed to 27 feet/second.
- At 1200' the primary altimeter will fire to deploy the main chute
- Descent speed after main deployment will be slowed to 9 feet/second.
- At 1000' the backup altimeter will fire, to clear the main if needed.
Configuration July 2001
motors in the booster section, staging to an M1939 in
Air starting four H73
Total Impulse: 20410 NS (99%"N"), within the California
limit of 20,480 NS.
Altitude: 7,570 feet, Velocity: 0.54 Mach (see
Configuration July 2002
|Four M1315 motors in the booster section,
staging to an N2000.|
Air starting four H73 motors.
Total impulse 40,953 NS
(100% "O"), within the Tripoli limit of 40,960 NS.
feet, Velocity: 0.63 Mach (see note#2)
Note #1: This performance data is based upon the current best estimate of rocket weight.
Note #2: This performance data is based upon previous flight performance.
After it's flights at LDRS 20 & 21 there are no future plans to fly the
Nike again. The rocket still sits in my garage, and is flyable with some
minor booster work, and a rebuild of the nose cone. There were some
(temporary) thoughts of destroying the Nike, but on the advice of friends
I've decided to keep it. There's also the thought of truly finishing the
project complete with all decals and markings, and a beautiful paint job.
Only those who risk going too far will ever know how far they can go.
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